Wildeye Curl Tail Minnows and Wildeye
Swim Bait Shads are the latest addition to Storm’s soft plastic
Available in a large range of sizes
the lures are manufactured from durable plastic and fitted with
The two inch Wildeye Curl Tail Minnows
(shown on the left) are also available in three inch and four inch
sizes in eight colours. The colours shown are Rainbow Trout, Shiner
Chartreuse Silver and Bluegill.
The two inch Wildeye Swim Bait Shads
(shown right) are also available in three, four, five and six inch
sizes in 16 colours. The colours shown are Mullet, Pearl and Fire
Tiger. A nine inch lure will be available soon.
All lures are supplied in self-sealing
Enquiries: Sports stores.
Okuma Epix Baitfeeder
Okuma has added another Baitfeeder to
the Epix range; the EB-20.
The EB-20 has nine stainless steel sealed
ball bearings plus an infinite anti-reverse bearing, a machine cut
brass pinion gear and large oiled felt washers with 30 per cent
more drag surface.
Other features include a gold titanium-lipped
anodised aluminium spool, with two stainless steel sealed bearings,
a new shape for the soft grip handle and Okuma’s Rotor Equalising
The spool holds 155yds of 4lb monofilament
or 110yds of 6lb. A spare anodised aluminium spool comes with the
reel. The ‘baitfeeder’ facility allows it to be set
in free spool so fish can sample the bait without feeling any resistance.
EB-20 comes with Okuma’s five-year warranty against faulty
parts, material and contruction.
Enquiries: Sports stores.
Most boat fires start in the engine compartment and unfortunately
this can often be the most inaccessible place.
The fireboy system provides a near-instantaneous automatic fire
response. Set at 79 degrees using the fire suppressant agent FM-200,
the fireboy system can be installed wherever protection is required,
ie; engine rooms, electronic compartments, battery compartments
FM-200 suppresses fire by discharging as a gas onto the surface
of burning material and does not leave behind oily residues, particulates,
water or corrosive materials.
Each system is supplied with a green warning light status panel,
brackets for mounting and provisions for manual discharge control.
Enquiries: Bob Littler Agencies.
Tel: (07) 3890 1115.
Lowrance has announced the product line-up for its subsidiary
brand, Eagle, for 2003.
For first-time buyers, Eagle offers the Cuda series of four models,
including an introductory level Cuda 128. Featuring 800 watts of
peak to power it will operate to depths of 183m through a 200kHz
skimmer transducer with bottom coverage to 60 degrees. It has a
128 vertical pixel display and surface temperature sensor, quick
release bracket and a built-in Advanced Signal Processing.
Available as a fully portable model that can be moved from boat-to-boat,
the Cuda 128 comes with a standard 10.16cm diagonal screen with
an alternative wide screen display.
The models have 168 vertical pixel screens, four levels of grey
scale and come in fully sealed and waterproof cases with a two-year
warranty that can be extended to four years if required.
Contact: Todd Moore.
Tel: (02) 9905 9700.
Marine electronics manufacturer Raymarine
has released the first high-definition digital fishfinder.
The product of years of research and
development, the new fishfinder captures images even in rough seas.
Constantly adapting with a very high ping rate, users can see clear
displays of individual fish, enhanced bottom definition and a reduction
of surface clutter on the screen.
The key to the new system is the DSM250,
a digital sounder module that can be integrated with Raymarine’s
Pathfinder radars and Raycharts. It means that boat owners can now
create an all-in-one system with echo sounder, radar and charting
all on one display.
With RayTech Pathfinder navigation software
even a PC can be transformed into a digital adaptive echo sounder.
And with hsb2 networking, the DSM250 provides High Definition Fish
Imaging Technology to up to 10 remote Pathfinder Plus Radar or Raychart
Two new digital adaptive echo sounders
have also just been launched: a seven inch (L770D) and a 14.4 inch
(L1260D) model both with dual frequency and daylight viewable colour
Enquiries: Oceantalk Australia
Tel: (02) 9981 9500.
Fax: (02) 9981 9555.
Humminbird has released the SmartCast Wireless Fishfinder.
The SmartCast is operated via the Remote Sonar Sensor. To use, attach
it to a standard rod and reel, cast it into the water and the sonar
transducer will collect the data and transfer it to the fishfinder.
Featuring a 33m (100ft) radius remote operating range,
33m (100ft) depth capability and an ultra-wide 90 degree sonar coverage.
The water and lightweight display unit has a large easy-to-read
screen with a one-touch menu navigation that controls FishID, depth
range, fish alarm and sensitivity, and back lighting for night fishing.
The display unit runs on AA batteries and the Remote
Sonar Sensor typically lasts for 400 hours of in-the-water usage.
Replacement sensors are available from Humminbird stockists. Humminbird's
Wet Switch technology can maximise the battery life by automatically
shutting down when the Remote Sonar Sensor is out of the water.
A separate 'B' Remote Sonar Sensor can be purchased
to allow two people to fish with the individual SmartCast in the
same area, but using different channels.
Enquiries: Bob Littler Agenices.
Tel: (07) 3890 1115.
There will be eight models in Yanmar’s
line-up of diesel-powered saildrives for the 2003 boating
With options from single to four-cylinder engines
plus three drives, power ranges from 9hp (7kW) to 75hp (55kW).
Features include a dual sealing diaphragm system with water
sensor. Should the outer sealing become damaged there is a
warning from the sensor and the protective diaphragm prevents
water from entering the boat until the main ring can be repaired.
The new range includes Yanmar’s single-cylinder
1BM10C and two-cylinder 2GM20C, both models have electric
and manual starting. The two-cylinder 2GM20FC has electric
starting, the three-cylinder 3GM30C electric and manual starting
and the 3GM30FC has electric only.
Each of the models has a swirl-type pre-combustion
chamber and constant mesh gearing with dog clutch.
Completing the line-up are three direct fuel
injection engines, the three-cylinder 3JH3CE, four-cylinder
4JH3CE and 4JH3-TCE all with electric starting and cone clutch
All pleasure craft products from Yanmar come
with a two-year warranty.
Enquiries: Power Equipment.
Tel: (03) 9764 0711.
Mid Range Sounders
The Lowrance 2003 Sportfishing and Offshore mid-range
models offer something for the dam buster to the offshore specialists.
The X87 and X97 work up to a range of 100 and 150 metres on 320
x 320 pixel displays and have 10 levels of grey scale.
The X87 puts out 1500 watts of power peak-to-peak
and the X97 puts out 3000 watts. Both models use a high-speed 200kHz
Skimmer transducer with a temperature probe built-in.
Features include HyperScroll for high-speed fish
detection, advanced receiver design, zoom bottom tracking, FishReveal
mode, built-in backup memory for key features and flasher mode with
For the offshore specialists Lowrance offer the DF
(dual frequency) models. The X88DF has similar specifications to
the X87, but comes with a dual frequency Skimmer transducer putting
out 1500 watts at 200kHz (375 watts RMS) and 4000 watts at 50kHz
peak to peak (500 watts RMS). This model will handle depths to 350
The X98DF is similar with the exception that it outputs
3000 watts at 200kHz. Flange mount and bolt-thru transducers are
available for both models.
Lowrance offers a full two-year warranty with an
optional extension for a further two years.
Contact: Todd Moore.
Tel: (02) 9905 9700.
Developed in the US by industrial chemist
John Helms, and released in 1986, Salt-X is a corrosion beater with
much application in the marine world. It works by chemically neutralising
the corrosive effects of salt and then, after air drying, leaving
behind a barrier to help prevent further corrosion.
Now available in Australia, this innovative
product comes as a concentrate, one litre of which dissolves in
fresh water to become 70 litres of solution. Salt-X is water-soluble,
doesn’t leave an oily residue and is claimed by its manufacturers
to be environmentally safe.
Salt-X can be applied with a bucket
and sponge, sprayed on, by soaking the item in a container of solution,
or with an Auto Mix unit attached to a garden hose. Some suggested
uses include fishing tackle, knives, scuba regulators, underwater
camera housings, trailers, boat fittings, winches, sails, cables,
rollers, and four x four vehicles. If used while flushing marine
engines and outboard motors it is designed to remove salt build
up from cooling systems.
The US Marine Corps buys huge quantities
of the stuff to service and protect equipment used in the marine
environment and in the US it’s a popular treatment for salt
corrosion in horticulture, mining, and around seaside homes.
Club Marine fishing correspondent Warren
Steptoe tried Salt-X in a variety of applications in his fishing
and outboard motor world. These include painting concentrate on
threadline reel bail rollers and game fishing roller runners jammed
up with salt crystals to free them; and to remove unsightly salt
crystals embedded into the exterior of outboard brands.
Enquiries: Salt-X Australia
Tel: (07) 3823 4053.
Baitrunners Get an Upgrade
Shimano design engineers have made a number of significant
improvements to their Baitrunner series. The three Baitrunners in
the series – the 3500B, the 4500B and the 6500B – now
feature dyna-balance rotor design for wobble free operation, Super
Stopper 11 anti-reverse bearings, which eliminate any back play
in the Septon handle, the bail rollers have also been beefed up
with the inclusion of an oversized power roller to reduce friction
and line twist, and the bail arm now comes with a long life bail
The 3500B takes 300 metres of four kilo line, making
it a versatile estuary/light offshore reel; the 4500B comfortably
accommodates 295 metres of seven kilo line and the 6500B takes 270
metres of 10 kilo line, which puts it into the medium rock/surf,
heavy duty snapper/reef fishing class. Basically, there’s
a Baitrunner model for just about every bait fishing situation.
Enquiries: Leading tackle stores.